Concept stores add another facet to Riyadh’s retail landscape. Rubaiyat, at Stars Avenue Mall, is where you’ll find names from Emporio Armani to Elie Saab, as well as color-popping pieces from Jeddah designer Arwa Albanawi. Or the greyscale RUFF Boutique, where limited edition Yeezy trainers and classic Nike Air Jordans are presented like works of art among a greatest hits of global streetwear, as well as cult Saudi labels like Not Boring.
Mira Y Mano has more of a modern Saudi focus, specializing in ethically sourced womenswear. The impeccably curated collection includes statement abayas and kamaya wraps from local designer Maha Ghalayini, and bold heritage-inspired jewelry from young Jeddah designer Lillian Ismail.
Other stores are harder to pin down. Sum+Things is a high-ceilinged modern restaurant which fuses almost imperceptibly with a minimalist homeware concept store and library, while Personage is a creative concrete-walled store, with the sharpest local apparel, jewelry and perfumes on the first floor, and a cafe, lounge and exhibition spaces upstairs. Both act as further proof that whatever your style and niche, Riyadh has a retail option to match.